|Marvin J. Medley, 92, of Woodhull, Illinois, died Wednesday, December 22, 2011 at his daughter's home in Cambridge. Services are 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull. Burial will be in the Woodhull Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Monday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice of Trinity Medical Center or United Church of Woodhull. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
Marvin was born on August 26, 1919 in rural Cambridge, Illinois, a son of James and Flossie Cowden Medley. He attended Cambridge Schools and married Jeannette L. Steffen March 17, 1947 in Geneseo. He was a U.S. Army veteran. and served under General Patton. He received the Purple Heart, one Silver Battle Star and fought in Normandy, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and other Central European battles.
He farmed for 18 years and was then employed at John Deere Plow Planter in Moline, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the former Clover Chapel Church and a current member of the United Church of Woodhull and the Miles S. Sturgeon American Legion Post 546. He enjoyed country and western music and was an avid bicyclist until his late 80s, participating in "Ride the River" and many other cycling events.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, four daughters: Patricia (Ron) Six of Ft. Meyers, FL, Sally (Randall "Tom") Shaw of Guin, AL, Cynthia (Jon) Milroy of Cambridge, Peggy Blakley of Crossville, TN, 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.